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20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 December 1932 (USA)
Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.



(book) (as Warden Lewis E. Lawes), (screen play) | 3 more credits »

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Tom Connors is sentenced to Sing Sing believing his influential friends will soon have him out on parole. A trouble maker, he gets ninety days in solitary and no parole. His girlfriend Fay is injured and Warden Long lets Tom visit her on his honor to return. During a fight with mobster Joe Finn Fay shoots Finn, Tom jumps out the window and is blamed for the death. He gives himself up but is sentenced to the electric chair. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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MEN without WOMEN...MEN without HOPE! smash their lives to pieces against their STEEL CHAINS! See more »


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24 December 1932 (USA)  »

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Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing  »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung by death row prisoners with harmonica accompaniment
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6 out of 10
19 August 1999 | by (Cologne, Germany) – See all my reviews

The excellent Spencer Tracy and the remarkable Bette Davis can be seen in their only onscreen-teaming in this solid Michael-Curtiz-directed Warner Bros.-Production about a hard-boiled prisoner, who risks his life to save his girl and keeps teasing the prison warden. Thanks to Curtiz' compelling work the loose adaptation of Lewis E. Lawes' novel turns into a watchable and quite memorable Mix of realistic Prison drama, pathetic love story and social commentary with some funny, some action-packed and melodramatic moments.

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